Top 10 Famous Teachers Who Changed the World


Without a proper and appropriate teacher, education is not possible, and the brave new world bristling with confidence to take on any challenge would not be so beautiful without teachers. However, all the great teachers had their own methods to teach and learn that actually laid the foundation of the present contemporary world. We have listed below a few great teachers of our times who shaped the civilization to the greater extent. With their unrivaled insights and wisdom that well stood the test of time, they took gigantic steps to change the fortune of mankind.

1 Confucius: He was a social philosopher and Chinese thinker whose teachings have influenced Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese life to a greater extent. His teachings developed a system of philosophy known to be as Confucianism. He strongly advocated governmental and personal morality in his philosophies. During his life, he saw unified imperial rule disintegrating. He entrusted his belief on certain social customs that emphasized on the concept of the Chun tzu and moral responsibility.

2 Aristotle: He was a student of Plato a Greek philosopher and teacher of Alexander the Great. He was adept in more than one subjects and has written over a wide range of subjects including:

• Physics

• Theatre

• Metaphysics

• Rhetoric

• Music

• Logic

• Zoology

• Biology

He was an ancient scientist and Greek philosopher who is still regarded as one of the greatest thinkers in psychology, politics, and ethics. In 335, Aristotle incepted his own school, the Lyceum, in Athens, where he invested rest of his life teaching, studying and writing. Some of his most notable works include Politics, Nichomachean Ethics, Poetics, Metaphysics and Prior Analytics.

3 Johann Amos Comenius : He was a Moravian scientist, teacher, educator, and writer. He can be described as a perfect amalgamation of a religious refugee, Brenthen/Moravian Protestant bishop and the earliest champions of universal education and a concept described in his book “Didactia Magna”. He was a prolific scholar on spiritual, pedagogical, and social reform.

4 John Locke: He was an ardent follower of the belief that by teaching alone it was possible to acquire knowledge and he always gave preference to building character over academics. He counted on this belief all his life that good character transcends the value of learning to write, read, and abstruse calculations and other uses. Nowadays, the relevance of his philosophy is apparently visible and burgeoning violence, non-tolerance and moral decadence put a question mark on the direction of our progress and any inquisitive mind will chew over this burning question that will it be not right to learn ethical values first before stepping into the realm of new inventions and discoveries?

John had presented a paradigm of complete progress before us humans and let us know the significance of character building well in advance.

5 Friedrich Froebel: He is the one who coined the word “Kindergarten” and gave the revolutionary concept to the society in the field of education. In fact, modern education saw it inception on the basis of his research that students have their own specific capabilities and need for learning. He was a student of Pestalozzi and a German pedagogue whose groundbreaking ideas are thought to be the cornerstone for a foundation of Modern Education.

6 Hebert David Thoreau: He was an American author, historian, poet, surveyor, transcendentalist and leading philosopher. His book “Walden” earned him fame. As opposed to the commonly-held belief that after weeding out the hardships of nature and bringing forth an ambiance, where we are provided with all the comforts a universe has to offer, we cannot be happy, Hebert emphasized on the need of simple living in Naturals surroundings. Real things, that could provide us ever-lasting peace, can pan out in our favor only once we learn to live peacefully in the lap of Mother Nature. His essays, articles, poetry, and journals total over 20 volumes.

7 Booker T.Washington: He was a renowned and noted American political educator, leader, author, and orator. He was a towering personality in the American-African community from 1890 to 1915 in the United States. He belonged to the last generation of those black leaders who were born in slavery and fought for the civil rights of their brethren. He taught us that it was important for us to liberate us from even the thoughts of slavery without breaking the shackles of any kind of slavery, we cannot prosper. In a sense, he also advocated getting rid of those beliefs that impede our growth.

8 Noah Webster: He was an American textbook author, word enthusiast, spelling reformer, lexicographer and editor. In US his “Blue-Backed Speller” books have been used for five generations to teach children English. He is also known as the father of the American Scholarship and Education.

9 Albert Einstein: A household name that needs no introduction. His contribution in the field of physics is immense and he propounded many theories which application is found almost in all walks of life. Some of the theories he propounded include:

• The founding of relativistic cosmology

• Special and general theories of relativity

• Theories of special relativity and general relativity

In 1921, he bagged Nobel Prize in Physics for his law of photoelectric effect and his services to Theoretical Physics. There is no denying to the fact that Science has advanced by leaps and bounds due to strenuous and persistent efforts of countless scientists over the years. But the legacy of Einstein remains unchallenged even after so many years after he left us. He was of the notion that a thing that ails our development the most is lack of curiosity and imagination. He ascribes all his successes to his power of imagination and an inquisitive mind. He rates imagination superior over knowledge. He advises students to learn to tell apart knowledge and information. He said that if students are persistent in their efforts and their quench for knowledge is not easily satiated, then they have no reason to worry.

10 Ayn Rand: She was a renowned Russian-American, philosopher, playwright and screensaver, and Novelist and is known for starting a philosophical system known as “Objectivism” and for her two best-selling novels. With her novel “The Fountainhead” appreciation galore started coming her way and she came to fame. With her philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged in 1957, she became immortal.

Tireless and persistent efforts to achieve teaching excellence is an integral part of an educator’s character. In case, you are a fledgling educator then after reading this article, you would have cottoned on to the fact that without spiritual contentment and character building teaching as well as education has no meaning – in absence of these two vital factors, ultimately we will perish.

Achille’s Heel to a good and effective teaching is not keeping close tabs on our areas of weaknesses and continue multiplying our strengths. More than the dearth of teaching skills, lack of willingness to learn new things proves detrimental to teachers. By keeping themselves abreast of the contemporary trends and aching for learning innovative ideas, teachers are able to draw students attention. Things go awry for teachers when they deliver lessons without trying to know if students are really interested to listen to them. All of a teacher’s efforts should be directed towards keeping the interests of students alive and catering to the needs and requirements of students. This is how you also stop planning your lessons based on your whimsical ideas. Haste makes waste so you need not do hurry when it comes to finding out what exactly students want, only then you will be able to map ways to enhance their learning.

After sizing up the teaching methodologies of legendary educators in the past, it can be safely concluded that there is no substitute to smarten up our teaching skills if it is our innermost desire to see students excel in their studies and build their unshakeable personality. Playing loose and fast can cost dearly to the students – after attending your session they must know how to probe into a matter and how to think & imagine. This way, you do not confine students to only classroom learning but broaden their horizons spurring them to gain the holistic education.

In a nutshell, doing away with non-essential components of traditional teaching, a teacher should strive for innovative ways to teach students. That’s how some teachers have already started their innovative way of teaching.

A seasoned educator believes in enhancing the capabilities of students in order to make them self-reliant to delve into unchartered waters. Classroom teaching is one way to educate students, there are scores of other ways present. Seeking solace in innovation liberates you from getting entangled in any flawed teaching practice and help students get the better of all unpleasant situations in their lives and hasten their learning process.

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